Pakistan has said it will review its links to the Commonwealth after being suspended by the organisation of members of the former British Empire. The country has been sanctioned over President Pervez Musharraf’s refusal to lift emergency rule. While suspension is largely a symbolic gesture, analysts say it could further isolate Pakistan, and discourage foreign investment.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II steered clear of the controversy in her opening address to a Commonwealth summit in Uganda: “I am delighted to join you here in Kampala, and to find the Commonwealth in such good health,” she said.
Musharraf imposed a state of emergency earlier this month, fearing that the Supreme Court was about to annul his re-election as President.